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Perfect date night in Atlanta: The Optimist and Actor's Express

The Optimist
Keely L Herrick

If you're looking for a great date night in Atlanta, consider heading out to see "Les Liasons Dangerouses" at Actor's Express. You may have seen the Oscar-winning film "Dangerous Liasons" or the kitschy '90s teen version, "Cruel Intentions," but the stage version will give you new insight into the story of sexy scheming. The decidedly adult drama and intrigue make for a great opportunity to reconnect away from the craziness of the office and kids.

The play will be performed September 6 - October 5, with preview performances on September 4-5 and a director's cut performance on September 3. Tickets are $20 for previews and $40 for opening night (including a reception after the performance with the director and cast), with regular priced tickets ranging from $26- $45. There is an incentive to purchase tickets earlier, as they may be more expensive as they become less available. Also, purchasing tickets online makes them $2 cheaper. Finally, check online outlets like Goldstar.com and Poshdealz.com for discounts.

If you're looking for a place to dine before the show, consider the nearby restaurant The Optimist. Located just about 5 minutes from the theater, The Optimist will satisfy your seafood craving with a uniquely Southern flair. Don't miss out on the beignet-style hush puppies, covered with a dusting of powdered sugar and dipped in cane syrup butter. The she-crab soup is richly flavored and frothy in texture at the same time. For dessert, you cannot go wrong with the chocolate creme brulee and Oreo whipped cream.

This combination of restaurant and theater will make for a perfect in-town escape from your daily blahs. If you're stuck in a mall-movie rut, think outside of the box and surprise your significant other with an evening you both will remember with a smile, enjoying some of the best dining and live entertainment Atlanta has to offer.